It had been a jam-packed couple of days for Jesus. Judging from the specific stories that Matthew gives us, Jesus performed seven healings, two exorcisms, and one raising from the dead. Matthew also tells us that Jesus “cured all the sick” that came to him on the first evening and that the next day, he began traveling around to the nearby towns “curing every disease and illness” (8:16; 9:35). And let’s not forget that he also calmed a deadly storm at sea, called Matthew to be his disciple, and helped the followers of John the Baptist to accept his ministry—all in the same couple of days.
You would think that after all this work, Jesus might have decided it was time for some rest. And maybe he did, initially. But Matthew tells...
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